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The UN Secretary-General and the Security CouncilA Dynamic Relationship$
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Manuel Fröhlich and Abiodun Williams

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198748915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198748915.001.0001

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Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1992–1996

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1992–1996

(p.138) 6 Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1992–1996
The UN Secretary-General and the Security Council

Adekeye Adebajo

Oxford University Press

Egyptian scholar-diplomat Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s relationship with the UN Security Council was a difficult one, resulting eventually in him earning the unenviable record of being the only Secretary-General to have been denied a second term in office. Boutros-Ghali bluntly condemned the double standards of the powerful Western members of the Council—the Permanent Three (P3) of the US, Britain, and France—in selectively authorizing UN interventions in “rich men’s wars” in Europe while ignoring Africa’s “orphan conflicts.” The Council’s powerful members ignored many of his ambitious ideas, preferring instead to retain tight control of decision-making on UN peacekeeping missions. Boutros-Ghali worked with the Security Council to establish peacekeeping missions in Bosnia, Cambodia, Haiti, Rwanda, and Somalia.

Keywords:   Boutros Boutros-Ghali, UN Secretary-General, UN Security Council, United States of America, Personality

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